Gary’s Gang – Makin’ Music (Dub Mix)
Imagine driving your Chrysler LeBaron convertible down the palm tree-filled streets of Miami in the late evening of a 1983s summer night. As roller-skating girls giggle in the shadow of the neon lights you tune through the radio stations to come across Gary Gang’s ‘Making Music’. The final piece of the jigsaw completes the picture. The track was released in 1983 by Radar Records, a label responsible for some infectious disco-funk gems such as Toney Lee’s ‘Reach Up‘ (check out the incredible music video) in its short-lived existence. Makin’ Music is a prime example of the fusion between electro and disco that that was experimented on by the of the fringe of dance music back in the early 1980s. The end result is an electrifying voyage filled with reverberating arp bass that Giorgio Moroder would be proud of.
The Dub Version elevates the track’s performance in the club setting. Adding muscle to the original mix, the dub spotlights the laser-focused arpeggio. This gives the cut a timeless edge that stands the test of time. Its no surprise therefore that Morgan Geist and Darshan Jesrani, the names behind the Brooklyn-based house and nu-disco duo Metro Area featured it in their fabric 43 mix. The jocular drum work is inherited from the forefathers of 1970s disco scene such as Cerrone & Patrick Cowley. The feature of the flute, later immortalised by Frankie Knuckles, is borrowed from a soundtrack of the off-kilter movies that characterised the preceding decade. The contrast between its tranquilizing melody and the track’s robust energy creates a vortex of daze. Continue reading
Mézigue – Tu Me Manques Mumu Change Pas Le Moteur
Just like for their National Football Team, the future of the French underground scene looks radiant. Veterans such as DJ Deep, Appollonia & Oxia are supported by up-and-comers like Miley Serious or Zaltan & DK. Referred as a revival by some, it can also be seen as an emergence of a groundbreaking scene. Though the scene is rich in diversity, however, there will always be a soft spot for the French Touch on a track. None is more evident in a sturdy disco-funk track, as demonstrated by this 2018 release.
Sampling Muriel Dacq’s ‘Tropique’, Mézigue twists this 1980s gem (that should have featured in a GTA Vice City DLC) into a peak time AVA Festival grenade. If one takes a closer listen they’ll notice that the infectious bassline here used at the heart of the song shares the same chord progression as Kid Cudi’s Project X hit ‘Memories’. Though, here it caters for a rather different audience. Quirky, offbeat tempo changes characterise the song, guttural French-male vocals parroting a line from the original. For those lacking French literacy, the word ‘diskoteka‘ will illuminate the purpose of the chant. The fraternization of subgenres can be best understood by the description of the song as Italian Disco G-Funk House. Continue reading
Soul Clap & Ahmed – Give It Up
Soul Clap, consisting of Lonely C & Bamboozle, is a DJ & producer partnership hailing from the States. They boast what must be one of the most eccentric artist bios out there, making references to Sun Ra and Motherships (check it out for real). The discography of the boys from Massachusetts is also smoother than the bottom of James Brown’s shoes. With production that draws inspiration from disco, funk & hip hop, their production is the backlight to sceneries filled with neon lights and palm trees. Their Crew Love Records label is an outlet of releases that all share the attitude of good vibrations. The duo have been recognised for their bootlegs of RnB classics since mid 2000s, so this track coming from their 2016 EP is an observance of a tradition that has characterised their career.
Part of the ‘R&B Edits Vol. 3’, the collaboration with New-York-native and label-mate Ahmed, the remix adds a groove to Sade’s original. Keeping the toms together with the softer undertones of the saxophone from the 1988 release retains its core. Key component to the track is the vocal sample, which needs to handled with care. Here the edit adds some healthy reverb and tints off echo to bounce off the rhythm. Guitar bass carries a hint of ruggedness that is reminiscent of Fat Larry’s Band output back in the 1980s. Unruffled pads preserve the track’s slick ride while the sustained synths that enter the picture in the latter half complete this journey abundant in funk. Continue reading
I:Cube – Y.O.U.R.O.C.K
If you looked up genius in the dictionary, a picture if I:Cube would come up next to it. His Megamix album was stuff of legends, with so many different styles that showed how many awesome strings he has to his bows. Many of the tracks on that album were quite short, however Y.O.U.R.O.C.K. was given an extended treatment just for DJs. Released in 2012 on Versatile Records it is a fun jam. It could also be considered as an insurance policy for any DJ, like a maccas is for punters trying to go to bed happy ensuring their heads don’t hate them as much after a night out.
Anyone who knows I:Cube will know he loves French Disco/Rock drums and hats and it’s no different here. Chirpy Divas add to the glitz shouting out ‘You!’ in unison. Then all of the sudden the heavily distorted plucked bass rumbles in ensuring dancers will start swaying wildly, with heads down of course. It’s a druggy vibe, and a fretting, glitching synth over the top brings a panic to the track. Congos in the back keep it lively in the way it gives a swirly, light touch feel to counteract the grogginess. Continue reading
Coloursound – Fly With Me (Original Mix) [DISCO FUNK]
Picked up the vinyl for this little gem yesterday at Sister Ray‘s. Its since been on the loop all this morning. Suave dance-floor filler that carries the spirit of the infectious 1990s French house production. With inviting lyrics such as ‘Fly with me, to the sun, good vibrations everyone’ the track echoes the positive vocal vibes of the 90’s decade musical output. Its romping nature meant it received enormous play-time in Ibiza, Miami and New Zealand just to name a few. Central to the track is its lush guitar loop, that powers throughout the song. There’s been clear influence from this track on Purple Disco Machine‘s current releases. This is one of those kooky tracks that show its best manifestation when play under the sun. So if you’re looking to pick up the tempo on one of the upcoming BBQs, then this banger might be the one to do it.